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Trezor crypto pockets warns customers of doppelgänger rip-off app on Google Play

01/19/2021

The pretend Trezor app has been downloaded by at the least 1,000 folks on the Android’s app retailer Google Play.

Trezor, a serious {hardware} cryptocurrency pockets provider, has warned its customers a few pretend Trezor software on Google Play.

Based on Trezor, the pretend app is malicious and has no relation to Trezor or SatoshiLabs, an organization that created the Trezor pockets. Saying the information on Jan. 18, Trezor requested its shoppers to not set up the malicious software, reminding customers that they need to by no means share their seed phrase with anybody.

Trezor additionally supplied its customers with a brief guide on utilizing Trezor pockets with Android. Within the guide, the corporate listed main third-party Trezor apps together with Mycelium, Sentinel or Walleth.

At publishing time, the malicious app remains to be out there on Google Play. As of Jan. 18, the app was reportedly downloaded greater than 1,000 instances. The doppelgänger app additionally has about 200 opinions on the app retailer, with the bulk warning that it’s a rip-off. “This app is a rip-off. By no means enter your restoration phrase in something besides an official {hardware} Trezor. Anybody that asks for this phrase (moreover a bodily Trezor) is attempting to rip-off you),” one supposed person wrote.

Trezor didn’t instantly reply to Cointelegraph’s request for remark.

This isn’t the primary time {that a} pretend app has been listed on Google Play. In Might 2019, Cointelegraph reported on a malicious Google Play app imitating Trezor pockets. The app was discovered by ESET antivirus researchers, who stated that they count on extra crypto rip-off apps to enter the Android retailer because the crypto market grows.

On-line scammers have been focusing on different widespread crypto firms to impersonate their apps on Google and steal cash from customers. In Might 2020, a cybersecurity researcher found 22 malicious Google Chrome extensions imitating crypto providers like Trezor’s rival Ledger and main Ether (ETH) pockets MetaMask.